AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook is hopeful that Arsenal and England loanee Jack Wilshere will remain on the south coast longer than this season.
Wilshere was surprisingly made available for a season-long loan move by Arsene Wenger, on the request of Wilshere as he wanted to play regular first team football.
He was linked to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, as well as Italian Serie A sides Roma and AC Milan, but opted to make the move to Dean Court following a meeting with AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
Prior to his move to AFC Bournemouth he had suffered numerous injury problems and hadn’t completed a 90 minute outing for club or country in over a year.
The 24 year old has now made 12 appearances for AFC Bournemouth, starting in 10 of those games and completing the full 90 minutes on six occasions.
He has now completed more minutes playing for AFC Bournemouth thus far this season than he had playing time for Arsenal over the past two years.
Cook told Sky Sports…
‘Obviously he wanted to challenge himself and play regular football, and he saw that here, He’s a great lad and a great player to have in our team and around in training.
‘I think it’s been a great decision for him and the team, obviously he’s playing great football and he’s really fitted in well. He’s really flourishing and showing the world how good he is.
‘He can help take Bournemouth to the next level, and hopefully if we can keep him fit and keep him enjoying his football, it would be nice to have him here for longer than this year.’
‘Played more minutes than last 2 seasons combined
Looks like he’s enjoying his football here
Looks like he’s enjoying the area
Cook has just said it would be great to keep him longer than a year
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